Learn About Our Programs

Our programs are offered for a wide range of ages intended to expose participants to the wonders of the natural world around us. Special accommodations are available for all programs with adequate notification.

Upcoming events

    • 05/07/2016
    • 06/18/2016
    • 2 sessions
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 1
    Registration is closed

    Adults only.

    Are you interested in helping out with our kayak trips? This two day training course will cover getting boats to the water, paddle strokes, rescues and routes for our trips. Volunteers need to be able to attend both training days. While this program is free we expect volunteers to help with two trips during the following season.

    Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and participate in both days of the training.

    Naturalists in charge: Gene Groshon and Tania Gale

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    This program is free.

    Reservations are required by Thursday April 28. 

     

    • 05/28/2016
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Participants please print this pass and place in the dash of your car when you enter the park

    Horseshoe Crab Program Attendee.docx

     

    For All ages
    Adult participation is required

    Want to see some horseshoe crabs spawning on the beach by starlight? Join us for this unique chance to see Flag Ponds at night! With luck we will see horseshoe crabs spawning at the water’s edge or maybe bioluminescent comb jellies in the water!
    Bring a flashlight, insect repellent, and wear shoes that can get wet. You may want to have a change of clothes for the way home.


    Program Fee:
    free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Reservations are required by May 25
     

    • 06/01/2016
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0

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    3-5 years old, Adults are required

     

    Leaves are everywhere this time of year! Do they all look the same? Big leaves, small ones, fuzzy ones, ones that smell. Bring your preschooler for this closer look at the diversity of leaves in our park.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park  

    Naturalist In Charge: Tania Gale

    Please register by May 27

    Program Fee:
    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Advanced Reservations are required.

    • 06/01/2016
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0

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    3-5 years old, Adults are required  

    Leaves are everywhere this time of year! Do they all look the same? Big leaves, small ones, fuzzy ones, ones that smell. Bring your preschooler for this closer look at the diversity of leaves in our park.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park  

    Naturalist In Charge: Tania Gale

    Please register by May 27

    Program Fee:
    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Advanced Reservations are required.

    Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 06/03/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Ages 4-12

    Our Spring homeschool series focuses on “phenology” - nature’s calendar. It is the study of seasonal changes in plant and animal life-cycles such as date flowers begin to bloom or frogs start singing in the spring. Month to month, we will make and record weather observations and check in with the plants and animals at Flag Ponds Park - watching as spring changes to summer.

    Please register by May 31 to attend

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee are per family:
    Please register all your children on one entry. Program fees are per family.

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Homeschool Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12. These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning. Depending on the topic, students may observe live animals, collect aquatic creatures, take measurements using scientific equipment, or play games.

    Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; there is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

    • 06/03/2016
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 5

    Ages 4-12

    Our Spring homeschool series focuses on “phenology” - nature’s calendar. It is the study of seasonal changes in plant and animal life-cycles such as date flowers begin to bloom or frogs start singing in the spring. Month to month, we will make and record weather observations and check in with the plants and animals at Flag Ponds Park - watching as spring changes to summer.

    Please register by May 31 to attend

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee are per family:
    Please register all your children on one entry. Program fees are per family.

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Homeschool Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12. These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning. Depending on the topic, students may observe live animals, collect aquatic creatures, take measurements using scientific equipment, or play games.

    Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; there is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

    • 06/04/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park, Dunkirk MD
    • 0

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    For All ages

    Take a foraging walk with us! Learn about common backyard plants that are edible, and taste a few along the way.

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations are required. Register online, by mail, email or by phone 410-535-5327. 

    Registration Deadline: Wednesday, June 1

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 06/07/2016
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Explore the underwater world of the Patuxent River. We will learn about fishy features, then use nets to see what we can catch. 

    LocationKings Landing Park

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations are required by Thursday, June2

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 06/07/2016
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Explore the underwater world of the Patuxent River. We will learn about fishy features, then use nets to see what we can catch. 

    LocationKings Landing Park

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations are required by Thursday, June2

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 06/08/2016
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 2

    Ages 10-adult, under 18 with adult 
    Volunteer Program

    Accompany the naturalist as she checks Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes, and learn how you can help with this project. Interested volunteers can monitor them as little as once or as many as 12 times between April and July.

    If you are unable to attend one of the prothonotary warbler programs but would still like to help, please contact Shannon Steele at steelesj@co.cal.md.us.

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    This program is free.

    Reservations are required by Tuesday, June 7. Register online, by emailby mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    • 06/09/2016
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 4

    Ages 12-16 years    

    This month’s class will focus on the use of kayaks, the Patuxent River, and the animals and plants that live there.  Looking for enrichment activities for your teen homeschooler?  This class is for you.  Teen homeschool days will give your teen a chance to get hands on experience with science and nature activities, provide an opportunity for service, and have fun in the company of other teens while doing it.  

    Please register by June 7

    Location Kings Landing Park


    $20 for Society members. Nonmembers pay $30 per family per program. Fee is per child. 
      
      
      
      
      
     
    • 06/11/2016
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Jefferson Patterson Park, St Leonard
    • 0

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    During the War of 1812, the largest naval engagement in the history of Maryland took place at the mouth of St. Leonard Creek, just off shore of what is now Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum. Come take a tour of the waterfront from the perspective of the sailors in battle over 200 years ago.

    Participants must be at least 9 years of age to accompany an adult in a double kayak, and at least 12 years old to ride in a single kayak. Those under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

    LocationJefferson Patterson Park 

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon and Julie Hall

    Reservations and payment are required in advance.

    No phone reservations accepted.

    Registration Deadline is Thursday, June 2

    Fee is per person. $15 for Society members
    $30 for nonmembers.

    Bring your own kayak and get $10 off the program fee.

    Due to the limited number of kayaks, we may not be able to accommodate your kayak preference. There is a chance that the demand for kayaks exceeds our capacity. If we are unable to fit you into the trip, you will receive a full refund.

    • 06/14/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Nature Center
    • 3
    Ages 10-adult, under 18 with adult

    Accompany the naturalist as she checks Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes.  Have fun trekking through seldom-seen parts of the swamp, and perhaps catch a glimpse of some fuzzy little nestlings. 

     If you were unable to attend earlier info sessions, this is a great opportunity to learn how you can help with this study.   If you are unable to attend but would still like to help, please contact Shannon Steele at steelesj@co.cal.md.us.

    Since we have a limited number of waders up to size 12, please let us know your shoe size when you register so that we can try to have enough waders for everyone. 

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Thursday, June 9. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    • 06/16/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick MD
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 3 to 5 years

    Adult participation is required

    Give your trees a big hug and tell them thank you as we learn about all of the ways trees are great!

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda Duprey-Hicks

    Reservations are required.Registration Deadline: Monday, June 13

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 06/16/2016
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick MD
    • 0

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    For Ages 3 to 5 years

    Adult participation is required

    Give your trees a big hug and tell them thank you as we learn about all of the ways trees are great!

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda Duprey-Hicks

    Reservations are required.Registration Deadline: Monday, June 13

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 06/22/2016
    • 6:20 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lubsy
    • 3

    For ages 16 - adult

         

    MAPS stands for: Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship. Bird banding programs help to provide a better understanding of the population size, productivity and survival of many bird species.  Join us for a round of banding and get a close look at the birds of our area as well as the banding process. 

    **We will be hiking 4-5 miles on uneven terrain with hills at a brisk pace.**

              

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    **Map**

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Registration is required

    Fee is per person.
    Free for Society members
    $8 for nonmembers

    Registration Deadline is Monday, June 20

     

    • 06/22/2016
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lubsy
    • 3

    For ages 16 - adult

         

    MAPS stands for: Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship. Bird banding programs help to provide a better understanding of the population size, productivity and survival of many bird species.  Join us for a round of banding and get a close look at the birds of our area as well as the banding process. 

    **We will be hiking 4-5 miles on uneven terrain with hills at a brisk pace.**

              

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    **Map**

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Registration is required. 

    Fee is per person.
    Free for Society members
    $8 for nonmembers

    Registration Deadline is Monday, June 20

     

    • 06/23/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 3

    Ages 10-14, Adult participation not required

    Do you have what it takes to identify a tree, just by looking at its leaves, buds, bark, or flowers?  Come to Kings Landing Park to become a tree detective!   We will spend some time indoors learning about trees and practicing identification, then we’ll venture out into the park to test our new skills. Bring a refillable water bottle.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Program Fee per person:
    Free for members
    $8 per person for nonmembers

    • 06/27/2016
    • 06/30/2016
    • 4 sessions
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For children ages 4-5 years old by time of camp

    Monday, June 27 – Thursday, June 30, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

    We will set out on mini adventures throughout the park to explore our natural world. From the creek to the fields who knows what we may find. Parents are not required to stay during the camp. No younger or older siblings allowed.

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Fee per camper: 
    Society members: $60
    Nonmembers: $75

    • 06/27/2016
    • 07/01/2016
    • 4 sessions
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 7

    Children entering grades 3-5

    Monday-Wednesday, June 27 - 29, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, June 30, 6:00 p.m. overnight through
    Friday, July 1, 9:00 a.m.

    If you like exploring wet places and catching water animals – then this fun camp is for you! This week we will wade into some marvelous wet places like the creek, the swamp, and the Bay. As we go, we will learn firsthand about the animals and plants that depend on water – including ourselves. We’ll end the week with an overnight so we can discover some watery places by the light of the stars. Come prepared to get WET and have fun!

    Tents and breakfast for the overnight provided. Thursday will be a family potluck cookout followed by the overnight for campers.

    There will be no camp before 6 p.m. on Thursday or after 9 a.m. on Friday.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park
    Register by June 1

    Fee per camper:  Society members: $175
    Nonmembers: $200

     

    • 06/27/2016
    • 1:00 PM
    • 06/30/2016
    • 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 0

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    For children ages 4-5 years old by time of camp

    Monday, June 27 – Thursday, June 30, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

    We will set out on mini adventures throughout the park to explore our natural world. From the creek to the fields who knows what we may find. Parents are not required to stay during the camp. No younger or older siblings allowed.

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Fee per camper: 
    Society members: $60
    Nonmembers: $75

    • 07/01/2016
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 7

    MEMBERS ONLY

    For Adults, ages 20 and up.

    Description: Learn about the amazing fish hawk at its home out on the river. Naturalist Greg Kearns will take us by boat to meet an osprey family up close for catch and release research.

    Special registration information: Bring sun protection, snacks, and water.

    Location: Kings Landing Park   

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    Fee is per person
    $10 for members

    Deadline for registration: Tuesday, June 28

    • 07/01/2016
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 9

    For teens, ages 13-19. Members Only

    Learn about the amazing fish hawk at its home out on the river. Naturalist Greg Kearns will take us by boat to meet an osprey family up close for catch and release research.

    Special registration information: Bring sun protection and a water bottle.

    Location: Kings Landing Park   

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    Fee is per person
    $10 for members

    Deadline for registration: Tuesday, June 28

    • 07/05/2016
    • 07/08/2016
    • 3 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 3

    Entering Grades 7-9

    Tuesday, July 5 – Wednesday, July 6, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, July 7, 4:00 p.m. overnight through Friday, July 8, 9:00 a.m.

    Come see the parks like never before as we explore the far reaches of our parks. Be prepared to travel by land and water as we set off on our adventures. We will end our week with a camp out at Flag Ponds Park. Food for the overnight and camping fees are included.

    Note: There is no camp before 4:00 p.m. Thursday or after 9:00 a.m. Friday

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Location:
    Tuesday: Ward Farm Nature Park
    Wednesday: Kings Landing Park
    Thursday-Friday: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Fee per camper: Society members: $175
    Nonmembers: $200

    • 07/05/2016
    • 07/08/2016
    • 4 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 5

    For children entering Grades 1-2

    Tuesday, July 5 - Friday, July 8, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 

    Send your children outside to explore nature with us. They will have a blast playing games, catching animals, and having close encounters with the nature center's live animals.  Each day will feature a different group of animals: reptiles & amphibians on Tuesday, bugs on Wednesday, birds on Thursday, and fish on Friday.

    Fee per camper: Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Location
    Battle Creek Cypress Swamp (Tues)

    Kings Landing Park  (Wed)

    Flag Ponds Nature Park (Thurs, & Fri)

    • 07/05/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 6

    Ages 10-14, Adult participation not required

    Come to Kings Landing Park to practice your archery skills!  Never shot a bow and arrow?  No problem, we'll have a short lesson for beginners before we start. Bring a refillable water bottle.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Program Fee per person:
    Free for members
    $8 per person for nonmembers

    • 07/07/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 20

    Children must be at least 6 years old; under 16 years with an adult

    Join our latest Calvert Stewards volunteer activity. We’ll work on adding borders to the meadow maze, removing saplings, and other projects needed within the meadow maze.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Register online, by phone 410-535-5327, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    Free

     

    • 07/09/2016
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 7

    For adults, ages 21 and up.

    Enjoy a frog serenade, a peaceful paddle, and sunset over the river.

    Special registration information: Participants may bring their own paddles and life vests. 

    Location: Kings Landing Park Meet at the parking lot by the pool.

    Naturalist in Charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations and payment are required in advance.

    Register online or by mail or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp) No phone reservations accepted.

    Registration Deadline is Monday, July 4

    Fee is per person. $15 for Society members
    $30 for nonmembers. Bring your own kayak and get $10 off the program fee.

    Due to the limited number of kayaks, we may not be able to accommodate your kayak preference. There is a chance that the demand for kayaks exceeds our capacity. If we are unable to fit you into the trip, you will receive a full refund.

    • 07/11/2016
    • 07/14/2016
    • 4 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 14

    For children entering Grades 3-5

    Monday, July 11 - Wednesday, July 13, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and Thursday, July 14, 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

    There will be no camp on Thursday prior to 4:00 p.m. 

    Your children can explore the fascinating world of birds as they bird watch, check nest boxes, dissect owl pellets, and make bird feeders.  Thursday evening will be a hoot! After supper over the campfire, the young birders will meet the nature center’s live owls and will take a hike to look for birds at night.

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Location:
    Flag Ponds Nature Park (Mon-Tues)

    Battle Creek Cypress Swamp (Wed-Thurs)

    Fee per camper: Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    • 07/11/2016
    • 07/15/2016
    • 4 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 0

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    Children entering grades 6-8

    Monday-Wednesday, July 11-13, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, July 14, 7:30 a.m. overnight trip to Western MD
    Friday, July 15, 6:00 p.m.


    This week we will explore all things aquatic while learning the basics of getting around on the water using a variety of watercraft like canoes, kayaks, and river rafts. We’ll explore different aquatic habitats as we retrace the path that water takes from the mountains to the Bay – in reverse. The last 2 days will be an overnight adventure to western Maryland - including tubing on Antietam Creek and rafting on the Shenandoah River. Come prepared to get WET and have fun!


    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Fee per camper:  Society members: $250
    Nonmembers: $280

    Registration fee includes camping, tubing and rafting fees, and food for Thursday snacks, dinner and campfire, and Friday breakfast, lunch and snacks.

    Locations
    Monday – Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Tuesday – Flag Ponds Nature Park
    Wednesday – Kings Landing Park

    Thursday meets at Kings Landing Park for overnight trip
    Friday pick up at Kings Landing park


    Waivers will be posted shortly:

    Please fill out waivers and return both before the first day of camp. A separate form is needed for each camper for each day.

        

     

       

     

    • 07/11/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 2

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Bring your favorite teddy bear as we learn about bears. 

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park 

    Program Fee per family:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 07/11/2016
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 7

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Bring your favorite teddy bear as we learn about bears. 

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park 

    Program Fee per family:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 07/16/2016
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 7

    Kayak along the Patuxent river as we look for bald eagles soaring above and possibly nesting ashore.

    Participants must be at least 9 years old to accompany an adult in a double kayak, and at least 12 years old to ride in a single kayak. Those under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    LocationKings Landing Park Meet at the parking lot by the pool

    Reservations and payment are required in advance.

    Register by July 13

    Fee is per person.
    $15 for Society members
    $30 for nonmembers   

    Bring your own kayak and get $10 off the program fee.

    Due to the limited number of kayaks, we may not be able to accommodate your kayak preference. There is a chance that the demand for kayaks exceeds our capacity. If we are unable to fit you into the trip, you will receive a full refund.

    • 07/18/2016
    • 07/22/2016
    • 5 sessions
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 6
    For girls entering grades 2-4

    Monday-Friday, July 18-22, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Each day will bring a new adventure, wading in wetlands and exploring the forest to learn about the natural world. We’ll also do fun crafts, build survival forts and cook over a fire. The week ends with a challenge to the Sons of the Forest to show off the skills learned in camp.

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park

    Fee per camper:  

    Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $
    180


     


    • 07/18/2016
    • 07/22/2016
    • 5 sessions
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 1
    For boys entering grades 2-4

    Monday, July 18 – Friday, July 22, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    We will leave no stone unturned as we learn about the natural world around us sloshing in the swamp and hiking through the forest We’ll also do fun crafts, build survival forts and cook over a fire. The week ends with a challenge to the Nature Girls to show off the skills learned in camp.

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Fee per camper:

    Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    • 07/23/2016
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park, Dunkirk
    • 5

    Ages 7 and up, adults required

    The Warm Farm Recreation and Nature Park is not open to the public yet, so come take advantage of this special day to discover the natural wonders of the park. Learn a little about the history and natural history of the park as we hike thru meadow, forest, and creek.

    Program Fee per family:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Reservations are required. Register online, by mail, email or by phone 410-535-5327. 

    Registration Deadline: Thursday, July 21

     

    • 07/25/2016
    • 07/29/2016
    • 4 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 6

    For children going into grades 9-12

    Monday, July 25, Tuesday, July 26, Wednesday, July 27 - 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Thursday, July 28, 9:00 a.m. overnight through Friday, July 29, 9:00 a.m. (no camp after 9:00 a.m. on Friday, July 29)

    Each day of this camp will bring campers up-close and personal with the Patuxent River and the creeks that surround Calvert County. Campers will learn paddling fundamentals: safety, strokes, and rescues - as well as learning firsthand about water quality and the natural history of the river. We’ll end the week with a day-long paddle adventure and an overnight camp out.

    Dinner Thursday, breakfast Friday, all kayak equipment, and tents are provided.

    Naturalists in Charge: Tania Gale & Lindsay Hollister  

    Fee per camper:

    Society members: $210 per camper
    Nonmembers: $240 per camper


    Tentative Locations
    Monday – Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Tuesday– meets at Kings Landing Park for transport to Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary
    Wednesday – Jefferson Patterson Park (in front of MAC lab)
    Thursday - meets at Kings Landing Park
    Friday – pick up at Kings Landing Park


    Schedule may be changed due to the weather

     

     

    • 07/25/2016
    • 07/29/2016
    • 5 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 0

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    For children entering Grades 4-6

    Monday, July 25 - Friday, July 29, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Photo Presentation for Families: Friday, July 29, 3:00 p.m.

    Your children will capture the natural wonders of Calvert County Parks on camera. In addition to fun camp activities, they will learn camera basics and picture-taking tips. After camp on Friday, families are invited to a presentation highlighting campers’ work. Campers must provide their own digital camera.

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park (Mon, Thurs, & Fri)
    Kings Landing Park  (Tues)
    Battle Creek Cypress Swamp (Wed)

    Fee per camper: Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    • 07/26/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
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    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Teach your children the terrific world of turtles. From their little nose to their tail, these reptile are one of a kind.  

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

     

    • 07/26/2016
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
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    Adult participation is required

    Teach your children the terrific world of turtles. From their little nose to their tail, these reptile are one of a kind.  

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 08/01/2016
    • 08/04/2016
    • 4 sessions
    • varies, see description
    • 8

    For children entering grades 1-2

    Monday, August 1 -Thursday, August 4, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

    You don’t need to go on safari to see wildlife – there’s a ton of wildlife to be seen here in Calvert County, if you know here to look. During this camp, we will take the time to look closely for life under logs, stones, even in the mud! Using tools like nets, buckets, and shovels, we’ll search high and low, on land and in the water for bugs, worms, fish and whatever else we can find. In addition to our outdoor explorations, games and journals will help us learn.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Location:
    Monday and Tuesday – Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Wednesday and Thursday – Flag Ponds Nature Parkabout Calvert County’s wild things.

    Fee per camper: Society members: $150 per camper
      Nonmembers: $180 per camper
      
     
    • 08/01/2016
    • 08/05/2016
    • 5 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 6

    Entering Grades 8-10

    Monday, August 1- Thursday August 4; 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Friday, August 5 7:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.


    The Maryland Biodiversity Project was created to help catalog all of the living things in Maryland. As citizen scientists we will search different habitats to document what plants and animals we find. Be prepared to venture through creeks, look under logs and hike through forests as we go on our safari. We will even visit some parks outside of Calvert County.

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Location:
      Monday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
      Tuesday: Flag Ponds Nature Park
      Wednesday-Friday: Kings Landing Park

    *Thursday and Friday we will be traveling to other parks but pick up and drop off will be at Kings Landing Park
       

    Fee per camper: Society members: $150
      Nonmembers: $180

    • 08/05/2016
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
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    All ages, with adult participation

    What is your favorite animal? There are so many - it’s hard to choose just one. Come learn about some of our Calvert County animals through stories, games, and songs. We will end our time together with s’mores!

    Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and flashlights

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp) before Wednesday, August 3

    • 08/06/2016
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 16

    For Ages 9 years to adult

    What will the summer marsh hold for us? We will paddle in search of summer wild flowers and maybe try out a seine net to see what we can find living in the river.

    Participants must be at least 9 years old to accompany an adult in a double kayak, and at least 12 years old to ride in a single kayak. Those under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    Location: Kings Landing Park Meet at the parking lot by the pool

    Reservations and payment are required in advance.

    Register by August 3

    Fee is per person.
    $15 for Society members
    $30 for nonmembers   

    Bring your own kayak and get $10 off the program fee.

    Due to the limited number of kayaks, we may not be able to accommodate your kayak preference. There is a chance that the demand for kayaks exceeds our capacity. If we are unable to fit you into the trip, you will receive a full refund.

     

    • 08/09/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 4

    Ages 10-14, Adult participation not required

    Come to Kings Landing Park to practice your archery skills!  Never shot a bow and arrow?  No problem, we'll have a short lesson for beginners before we start. Bring a refillable water bottle.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Program Fee per person:
    Free for members
    $8 per person for nonmembers

    • 08/17/2016
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park, Dunkirk MD
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    For ages 3-5

    Learn about spider’s creature features, then we will look for them in the forest and meadow. Bring bug nets and catching containers if you have them.

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations are required. Register online, by mail, email or by phone 410-535-5327. 

    Registration Deadline: Monday, August 15

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 08/17/2016
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park, Dunkirk MD
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    Learn about spider’s creature features, then we will look for them in the forest and meadow. Bring bug nets and catching containers if you have them.

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations are required. Register online, by mail, email or by phone 410-535-5327. 

    Registration Deadline: Monday, August 15

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 08/20/2016
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
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    For Ages 3-5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Jiggly, squishy, slimy jellyfish! We will read a story about jellyfish, walk to the beach to meet jellyfish, and make a craft.

    Special registration information: Wear clothes and shoes that can get sandy.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park 

    Program Fee per family:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Registration Deadline: Wednesday, August 17

    • 08/20/2016
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lubsy
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    Some animals prefer to be active at night. These nocturnal animals can include owls, frogs, foxes and raccoons. Come see who is around after dark at Flag Ponds as we hike through the swamp and the beach.   

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    Fee is per family.
    Free for Society members
    $8 for nonmembers

    Registration Deadline is Monday, August 15

     

    • 08/26/2016
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
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    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required


    Butterflies, beetles, and spiders are just a few residents of the Goldenrod Jungle. We will explore the different creatures that live, hunt, and hide there. 


    Special Registration information: Bring bug nets and catching containers if you have them.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Registration Deadline: Tuesday, August 23

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 08/26/2016
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
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    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required


    Butterflies, beetles, and spiders are just a few residents of the Goldenrod Jungle. We will explore the different creatures that live, hunt, and hide there. 


    Special Registration information: Bring bug nets and catching containers if you have them.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Registration Deadline: Tuesday, August 23

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 08/27/2016
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm
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    For Ages 6 to 9
    Adult participation is required

    Your children will have fun helping the naturalist catch and collect ladybugs for Cornell's Lost Ladybug Project.  Learn how you can particpiate in this citizen science project in your own backyard.

    Location: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    Reservations are required by Thursday, August 25. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

Calvert Nature Society is dedicated to the protection and preservation of Calvert County’s natural heritage and the creation of an environmentally literate and aware community. We provide opportunities for appreciation and understanding of our natural world through our outreach initiatives and in support of the mission of the Calvert County Natural Resources Division.  The Society is a 501(c)3 organization.

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Mailing address: PO Box 122, Port Republic, MD 20676. info@calvertparks.org
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